Access to life-saving medicines and intellectual property rights: an ethical assessment
AuthorSCHROEDER, DORIS; SINGER, PETER
Source TitleCambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics
PublisherCambridge University Press
AffiliationSchool of Historical and Philosophical Studies
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsSchroeder, D., & Singer, P. (2011). Access to life-saving medicines and intellectual property rights: an ethical assessment. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, 20(2), 279-289.
Access StatusOpen Access
© 2011 Cambridge University Press. Online edition of the journal is available at http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=CQH
Dying before one’s time has been a prominent theme in classic literature and poetry. Catherine Linton’s youthful death in Wuthering Heights leaves behind a bereft Heathcliff and generations of mourning readers. The author herself, Emily Brontë, died young from tuberculosis. John Keats’ Ode on Melancholy captures the transitory beauty of 19th century human lives too often ravished by early death. Keats also died of tuberculosis, aged 25. “The bloom, whose petals nipped before they blew, died on the promise of the fruit” is how Percy Bysshe Shelley expressed his grief over Keats’ death. Emily Dickinson wrote So Has a Daisy Vanished, being driven into depression by the early loss of loved ones from typhoid and tuberculosis.
Keywordsglobal ethics; medicine; intellectual property rights
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